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6:00 PM ET, March 29, 2010

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Arn / MacRumors:
Apple Starts Shipping iPads to Customers  —  Apple has starting shipping iPads for delivery.  Those who placed their orders in on the first day have started receiving shipping notices from the Apple Store.  —  Unfortunately, the early ship date does not necessarily mean that customers will receive their iPads before April 3rd.
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Apple's Best Buy distribution changes iPad unit calculus  —  Apple's iPad lands at Apple stores April 3 and Best Buy's distribution heft will be riding shotgun.  The double-barreled distribution channel for the Apple iPad may change the calculus behind Wall Street's unit guessing game.
Seth Weintraub / 9 to 5 Mac:
Apple offering video iPad tutorials online  —  Apple just updated their site with 11 different iPad tutorial videos.  The quality is outstanding.  We're watching the combined version at the bottom now.  — Facebook  — Google  —  Latest Stories on 9 to 5 Mac  — Mac OSX 10.6.3 released
John Paczkowski / Digital Daily:
Morgan Stanley: Apple Will Ship Over Six Million iPads This Year
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Apple Confirms: iPad On Sale In “Most” Best Buy Stores On April 3, From 9 AM
Philip Elmer-DeWitt / Brainstorm Tech:
Best Buy's iPad supply: 15 per store
Wall Street Journal:
Two New IPhones Coming; One May Be Aimed at Verizon  —  Apple Inc. is developing a new iPhone to debut this summer and also appears to be working on a model for U.S. mobile phone operator Verizon Wireless, say people briefed on the matter.  —  While Apple has unveiled a new iPhone every June …
Boy Genius Report:
Microsoft Office 2011 for Mac gets undressed  —  We've just scored some of the first shots of Microsoft Office 2011 for Mac, and while they are said to be very early, you can clearly see the progress that has been made in the transition to native Cocoa applications.
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Warner Bros. Recruits Students to Spy on Pirates  —  The people who work at the anti-piracy divisions of Warner Bros. and other large media companies have to be experts in file-sharing technology.  It is therefore no surprise that Warner Bros. is actively recruiting students for a job as Anti-Piracy Intern …
Jay Yarow / Silicon Alley Insider:
Smart!  Microsoft Chose ‘Bing’ Over ‘Bang’ For Its Search Engine Name (MSFT)  —  When Microsoft was casting about for name to its search engine, it wanted something short that couldn't be misspelled.  —  In an interview with Ina Fried at CNET, Microsoft chief marketing strategist David Webster …
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Ina Fried / CNET News:
A conversation with Microsoft's marketing strategist
Eric Slivka / MacRumors:
iTunes 9.1 to Bring eBook Support, Genius Mix Enhancements, Automatic Bitrate Conversion?  —  MacRumors has received information from a source claiming to have knowledge of a forthcoming iTunes 9.1 update that will presumably be released around the same time as the iPad's U.S. launch this Saturday.
Jeff Whatcott / Brightcove Blog:
The Present and Future of HTML5 Video Experiences  —  As commercial availability of the Apple iPad draws near, we have been getting a lot of inquiries from customers looking for guidance on what they need to do to deliver great video experiences on these devices that exclusively support the HTML5 approach to video.
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Sam Oliver / AppleInsider:
Brightcove converts Time, NYT Flash video to HTML5 for iPad
Discussion: PC World and Fast Company
Chris Ziegler / Engadget:
Exclusive: Android Froyo to take a serious shot at stemming platform fragmentation  —  We had a couple people at CTIA last week — people whose words carry weight — tell us off the record that the next major version of Android would take big strides toward stopping the ugly trend toward severe fragmentation …
David Sarno / L.A. Times Tech Blog:
Google says mobile services now partly blocked in China  —  Updated 10:30 a.m. with response from Google.  —  On Sunday, Google updated a page that has been tracking the status of its services in China to indicate that its “Mobile” service there is now partially blocked.
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New York Times:
After Google's Move, a Shift in Search Terms
Discussion: Hillicon Valley, CNET News, Telegraph and msnbc.com, Thanks:atul
Grant Gross / PC World:
Lawmakers Ask for FTC Investigation of Google Buzz  —  Eleven U.S. lawmakers have asked the U.S. Federal Trade Commission to investigate Google's launch of its Buzz social-networking product for breaches of consumer privacy.  —  The representatives — six Democrats and five Republicans …
Sarah Lacy / TechCrunch:
How Facebook May Save Elevation Partners  —  Things are not going great at Elevation Partners.  Its initial $1.8 billion fund - that was met with great fanfare when it was raised by rockstar investor Roger McNamee, rockstar gaming executive John Riccitiello and actual rockstar Bono …
Frederic Lardinois / ReadWriteWeb:
Coming Soon to Gmail Chat: File Transfer  —  Google just announced a small but useful update to the chat feature in iGoogle and Orkut, Google's social network.  You can now use the chat feature to send photos, documents and other files directly to your contacts.
Kevin C. Tofel / GigaOM:
Boingo Brings $1.99 Pay-Per-Use Wi-Fi to Apple's iPad  —  Boingo today launched a new app to help get Apple iPads online without any ties to AT&T. Boingo's Wi-Fi Credits software — which also supports iPhones and iPod touch devices — offers wireless access for $1.99 per hour.
PC World:
Amazon Adds Private Streaming to CloudFront  —  Amazon Web Services has added the ability for customers of CloudFront to choose who gets to receive content streamed using the service, the company said on Sunday.  —  CloudFront is a Web service for content delivery that is being beta tested by Amazon Web Services.
Thomas Ricker / Engadget:
Zune HD 64 makes surprise appearance  —  The link's dead now, but there's no mistaking the appearance of a Zune HD 64 on the official Zune website.  Hey Microsoft, got something you want to tell us?  A 64GB Zune HD, perhaps, doubling the capacity of your previous top-ender?  How about global availability?
Marshall Kirkpatrick / ReadWriteWeb:
Cracking Facebook's Dominance: New Cross-Network Commenting Protocol Could Be a Game Changer  —  Two companies outside Silicon Valley say they are the first implementers of a new open source protocol called Salmon, which allows comments to be sent over the walls of one social network to communicate with users of another.
Discussion: louisgray.com and SiliconANGLE, Thanks:chrismessina
Nicholas Deleon / CrunchGear:
DirecTV will launch 3D capability in June, including ESPN 3D  —  DirecTV will be among the first television providers to offer ESPN 3D.  The channel launches this June, and DirecTV will place it alongside two other 3D channels, a 24/7 pay-per-view channel and a movies on-demand channel.
Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
Hulu's a Towering Success — Just Not Financially  —  Web-Video Future Hinges on It Working Out Pay Model  —  NEW YORK (AdAge.com) — Hulu is everyone's favorite provider of TV on the web, but it's facing an ideological battle over its future.  On one side are its network backers, which would like Hulu to become a paid service.
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
Quora Has The Magic: Benchmark Invests at $86 Million Valuation  —  Quora, a new startup founded by ex-Facebook employees, has closed a first round of funding, and it's a big one.  Benchmark Capital has led the round and general partner Matt Cohler has taken a board seat at the company (Cohler is a former Facebook exec).
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
Dashboard App For iPad: Sneak Preview Video  —  The iPad is coming alright - shipping notices have started popping up this morning, although I'd wager you won't see the first ones effectively arrive until the 3rd of April.  At launch day, expect at least 100 apps straight out the gate, and likely double that.
 
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Dan Butcher / Mobile Marketer Search:
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AppleInsider:
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Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Rumor: Google, Adobe may get chummier with Chrome, Flash partnership
Discussion: Mashable! and Gizmodo
Mike Melanson / ReadWriteWeb:
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David Carr / New York Times:
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John Gillooly / PC Authority:
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